The Sweet Molecules of Life

1st Edition - March 8, 2001

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  • Author: Robert Stick
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080500690

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This book is on carbohydrates-the essential molecules that give you energy. They are the building blocks of life. This book delivers up-to-date coverage on all aspects of carbohydrate chemistry. The molecules are sometimes sugars, i.e. "sweet," hence the subtitle "The Sweet Molecules of Life."Carbohydrates first gives the "nuts and bolts" of carbohydrate chemistry, enabling the reader to appreciate the subsequent chapters on protecting groups and the reactions of monosaccharides. (The protecting groups do just that-they are put on the molecules as a temporary measure during one or more reactions to stop the wrong bit of the molecule being changed during that reaction.)

Key Features

* Introduces the basic chemistry of carbohydrates
* Describes the concepts, protecting groups, and reactions of carbohydrates
* Includes all aspects of the synthesis of the glycosidic linkage
* Gives an introduction to glycobiology and vaccines
* Includes references to carbohydrate literature


Researchers, scientists, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in biochemistry and organic chemistry.

Table of Contents

  • The Meaning of Life
    The Early Years
    "Grandfather Glucose"
    Heidi and Heinz
    The Shape of Things to Come
    Synthesis and Protecting Groups
    The Reactions of Monosaccharides
    The Formation of the Glycosidic Linkage
    Oligosaccharide Synthesis
    Disaccharides, Oligosaccharides, and Polysaccharides
    Glycoconjugates and Glycobiology
    Carbohydrate-based Vaccines
    Appendix: Carbohydrate Nomenclature
    The Literature of Carbohydrates

Product details

  • No. of pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2001
  • Published: March 8, 2001
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080500690

About the Author

Robert Stick

Robert Stick is a Queenslander by birth and completed his undergraduate and higher degrees at the University of Queensland. Following post-doctoral studies with Ray Lemieux and Sir Derek Barton, he took a faculty position at The University of Western Australia in 1975 and has since spent sabbatical leaves with Bert Fraser-Reid (Duke University), and with Bill Cullen and Steve Withers (both of the University of British Columbia).

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Western Australia, Nedlands

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